FOCUS: DRDO’s Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) System
An update in DRDO’s Technology Focus journal from Dr S Christopher, Director of the Indian AEW&C System Programme: “Development tasks on various subsystems like the primary radar, secondary surveillance radar, electronic countermeasures, communication countermeasures and data links are gaining momentum and the system hardware are being realised progressively. The integration of the mission system on the platform aircraft, EMB-145, should commence as soon as the same arrives with all interfaces for installation of the system.”
The labs involved in this prestigious programme include the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) as the nodal agency heading the programme along with LRDE and DARE in Bangalore, DLRL in Hyderabad and DEAL in Dehradun.
According to the DRDO journal, the AEW&C system comprises a primary radar (PR), secondary surveillance radar (SSR) or Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Communication Support Measures (CSM), Mission Communication System (MCS) that includes C and Ku-band SATCOM data links and V/UHF voice and data links, self-protection system (SPS), data-handling and display system (DHDS) and Mission System Controller (MSC).